I love finding new apps for my iPhone whether it’s a new addictive game like Angry Birds or a fun photo blogging tool like Instagram. There are apps for just about anything you can think of! And since I think about softball and coaching often, I searched for a video app that would allow me to playback in slow-motion. I wanted to be able to film quickly and easily and playback right away. I didn’t need a lot of bells and whistles.
The first app I came across was Video Coach, and for the most part it served me well. I was able to video and then playback for the girls during their lesson. Video Coach also allows you to draw on the video at a specific frame with lines and shapes in different colors.
Another feature is saving the video as images, however I have never been able to get it to work like I want. What’s also been frustrating is that this app crashes a lot. Maybe that’s why the price has gone down from $4.99 (when I bought it a few of months ago) to $2.99.
I was talking to a parent about this, and he said that he uses Coach’s Eye on his iPad. So I downloaded it, and I LOVE IT! The interface is much cleaner and easier to use (see below). I can also upload video that I’ve already shot on my iPhone. But my favorite feature is the frame wheel. It let’s you go really slow and move into each frame. Video Coach was really jumpy and I couldn’t keep it exactly where I needed it. And once I’ve gone over the video with my student, I can email it to her or her parents.
With that said, Coach’s Eye has all the features of Video Coach and then some. It also has a great website with tutorials and a blog. www.coachseye.com I highly recommend using Coach’s Eye as a tool to help your pitchers see the mechanics they need to improve on. I only wish I had this when I was playing! I used to set up a camcorder and tripod in the bullpen. These days, there’s no need for the clunky hardware. We’ve come so far!